Trader Joe’s shared a few new products we can expect to see in 2019, and we are so ready.

By Margaret Curry
Updated February 15, 2019

Ever since Trader Joe’s let some specific new products slip on their podcast we’ve been sharing what we’re excited to see new to Trader Joe’s store shelves in 2019. Trader Joe's is stocking everything from desserts to decoration to whole meals (and an awful lot of cheese). You can pair these new products—cheese tray anyone?—with foods we like to buy at Trader Joe's to make party planning easier.

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According to the podcast episode "Here We Grow," each new product has to pass through what the store calls a “rigorous tasting panel” before making its way to the shelves, so there aren't hard and fast timelines for any new products. That means we're not sure when these will be available, but we're hoping it will be soon. We recommend checking in weekly with your local Trader Joe's to see if they've received the new products you have your eye on. While you're waiting for the new arrivals, pick up our favorite Trader Joe's products from 2018, including a delicious cinnamon roll wreath. We also heard from a professional food reviewer about the five things you should never buy at Trader Joe's (and a few of them surprised us).

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Chili & Lime Flavored Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips

There are at least three things that make us interested in these: the spicy flavor, the shape, and the ingredients. The hot chili and lime flavored seasoning is paired with onion powder and vegetable juice, paprika, and turmeric for color. These tortilla chips are rolled, so they can be dipped, and would probably look cute on a mexican chicken tortilla soup. The fact they’re gluten-free is just an added bonus!

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Ruby Cacao Wafers

Our excitement around pink chocolate is seriously unlimited. We already reported this is the first time pink chocolate is available in the U.S. The pink chocolate is made from ruby cocoa beans (hence, the name) and doesn’t contain any artificial coloring. Did we mention an entire bag is just $2.99?

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Umami Seasoning Blend

Umami refers to the fifth taste (the other four are: Sour, sweet, salty, and bitter) and means “pleasant savory taste” in Japanese. You’ll love this special seasoning blend made from kosher salt, porcini and white button mushrooms, onion, mustard seed, red and black pepper, and thyme.

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Toasted Sesame Dressing

Bring umami into your cooking a different way with this sesame dressing. Trader Joe’s says the dressing is inspired by Asia’s best-selling bottled salad dressing, made with toasted sesame oil, sunflower oil, soy sauce, and white vinegar. A pinch of brown sugar and black sesame seeds finish off the dressing.

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Sprouted Wheat Sourdough Bread

Trader Joe’s is taking inspiration from the Bay Area to create this newly-released loaf. The sourdough starter comes from Northern California  and contains sprouted wheat berries along with wheat and rye flours. This sourdough is also kosher-certified.

Related: Our Favorite Artisan Breads

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Rosé Vinaigrette

There are three new dressings coming to Trader Joe’s shelves this year, and our favorite by far is inspired by the wine-of-the-year: Rosé. From rosé parties to rosé recipes, we are seriously feeling the rosé love. The vinaigrette is actually made with rosé wine vinegar, plus some garlic, basil, oregano, sunflower oil, agave syrup, and red wine vinegar, and a 12-ounce bottle retails for $3.49. And, of course, you’ll want to pair it with a little rosé.

Vegan Crab Cakes

Jackfruit is a meat substitute you may have sampled in Trader Joe’s other meal-ready products like Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice and Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches. The cakes are made with tapioca starch, potato, rice bran oil, cornstarch, green onions, and seasonings like celery salt and seed, cilantro, and paprika. A box of four crab-less Jackfruit Cakes is only $3.99.

Beer Bread Mix

This mix is ready to go, just add beer. The recipe encourages you to pour melted butter over the top before it goes in the oven. Butter and beer in a fresh baked, warm loaf of bread? Yes, please. The experienced bread mix maker might even add cheese or other flavorings to the dough before baking (those jalepenos look so good!) and experiment with different types of beer.

Related: More Baked Goods with Beer

Scented Candles at Trader Joe’s

Matt Sloan, vice president of marketing for Trader Joe’s, noted on the podcast that he was surprised how much positive feedback this product was getting, but we aren’t. We love a good candle, so we’re excited to see Trader Joe’s is dipping into scented candles, including a lemon-cookie scent expected to be on shelves early in the year. This holiday season you can pick up their gingerbread scent, both made with soy wax blends.

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Joe Joe’s Slims

This product hit stores early, so you can actually find them on store shelves now—and we seriously can’t wait to eat them all through the year. These slim, creme sandwich cookies are called Joe Joe's Slims, and they rival a traditional milk-dunking cookie. They're almost too easy to drop into your shopping cart! We’re also keeping our eye on their gluten free cookies for new flavors throughout the year.

Mandarin Orange Chicken Bowl

Tara Miller, marketing director at Trader Joe’s, summed up why we'd love this new product in two words: “It’s done.” This pre-cooked meal includes mandarin orange chicken in a bowl of rice with vegetables. You put it in the microwave and you’re done. It sounds great for an emergency lunch at work, or when you’re just too exhausted to cook for dinner. They haven’t said when these will be in stores, but you know we’ll be waiting to get our hands on these as soon as possible.

Related: 15 One-Pan Dinner Recipes Under $3

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Pimiento Cheese at Trader Joe’s

We're expecting a lot of changes in the dairy aisle, including three new cheeses highlighted on the podcast. Miller says in the podcast she’s not sure people outside the American South know about pimiento. Now folks everywhere can enjoy adding this cheese to their cooking repertoire. Use it to make these insanely delicious pimiento cheese poppers!

Shredded Unexpected Cheddar

“I love our Unexpected Cheddar, mostly because it’s unexpected," Miller said in the podcast. "It lives up to its name.” We totally agree, and in 2019, Trader Joe’s is adding a shredded version of their famous Unexpected Cheddar. Your cheese grater can retire in peace, because now your favorite cheddar can be used pre-shredded on tacos, salads, pasta, nachos and more. Add this shredded goodness to one of our favorite cheese ball recipes.

Spanish Cave-Aged Cheese

Sloan chose another new cheese to highlight on the podcast. We don't know the name yet, but he did share it’s basic profile: Spanish cheese, from La Mancha. It’s from the same area as another classic Spanish cheese, Manchego. It’s a mix of cow, sheep, and goat’s milk, which is then cave-aged for nine months, and you can expect to see it hit shelves in April. “I’m looking forward to making a grilled cheese with that for spring,” Sloan said on the podcast. Until then, we'll be catching up on the ultimate guide to cheese basics to prepare ourselves.


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